BMW 225xe hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging
According to official figures, the BMW 225xe is one of the most economical MPVs you can buy
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|166-188mpg||35-38g/km||32-34 miles||3hrs 30mins (0-100%, 3.6kW)|
BMW 225xe MPG & CO2 emissions
Official fuel economy is 166-188mpg, while CO2 emissions of 35-38g/km will appeal to company-car drivers due to the resulting low BiK liability. However, bear in mind that you're likely to see around 40mpg from the petrol engine when the battery becomes depleted.
Thanks to those low tailpipe emissions, you can also drive into the London Congestion Charge (until October 2021) and ULEZ zones for free. However, these figures are no longer exceptional, with cars like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Kia Niro having better economy and lower emissions.
To help manage how your battery uses its power, there are several driving modes to choose from. Max eDrive concentrates on all-electric driving, while Auto eDrive allows the car to switch between its power sources automatically. Finally, the Save Battery mode will keep the battery charge until you want to use it.
Range & charging
If you have a fairly short commute, the 225xe’s official pure-electric driving range of 25 miles from its battery, should be enough to ensure that your daily journeys are emissions-free. The reality is that you'll see more like 20 miles, or even a little less in bad weather or if you use the electric running on the motorway. That sort of range is pretty much par for the course for a plug-in hybrid, although it’s by no means the furthest you can go in a PHEV.
The 225xe comes with a Type 2 charging cable that'll let you charge the car at home from a standard three-point socket, which'll take about four hours to charge your car. You can also charge the car using a home wallbox, although that will only cut half an hour off the time, so it's debatable whether it's worth having a dedicated car charger installed if you're considering the 225xe.
In This Review
- 1VerdictOne of very few hybrid MPVs available, the BMW 225xe is well worth a look for economy-minded family buyers
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingAccording to official figures, the BMW 225xe is one of the most economical MPVs you can buy
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe BMW 225xe will be one of the cheapest MPVs to run – as long as you can use electric power frequently
- 4Engines, drive & performanceIf you think hybrids are slow, the BMW 225xe will make you think again
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe BMW 225xe is as spacious as any 2 Series Active Tourer, and as upmarket as you’d expect of a BMW
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThis BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is big, but it sacrifices some passenger and boot space to the hybrid system
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe BMW 2 Series Active Tourer's hybrid technology has been tried and tested in the MINI range